AD: 5th Annual Tinkerfest Connects Families and Maker Community

Old High Middle School students explain the process for creating a stomp rocket during Tinkerfest at the Scott Family Amazeum.

The Scott Family Amazeum hosts its fifth annual Tinkerfest on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This one-day event brings together tinkerers, makers, artists, DIYers, and creatives from diverse backgrounds for activities that celebrate the curious, creative, and innovative spirit in everyone. Admission is $9.50 for adults and children aged two and older. Tinkerfest is free for Amazeum members.

This year, Tinkerfest includes the opportunity to play alongside several makers from the Amazeum’s Maker in Residence Program. Ryan Jenkins, a San Francisco Bay Area tinkerer, will be at Tinkerfest facilitating the creation of digital automata – small, hand-cranked, mechanical sculptures enhanced with electronics. Denver, Colorado, based artist Amanda Wilshire, who made The Monarch and The Dandelions and Sassy the Sasquatch sculptures in Bentonville, will be creating a new sculpture in collaboration with Tinkerfest guests. Eugene Sargent, Fayetteville maker and creator of unique interactive experiences in Northwest Arkansas, most recently the 30 foot dancing hog in west Fayetteville, will be facilitating projects throughout the day.

The activities at Tinkerfest are family friendly and engage participants of all ages in learning science, technology, engineering, art and math through play. A Tinkerfest tradition continues with the popular car take a part activity facilitated by the British Iron Touring Car Club of NWA. Northwest Arkansas Community College is bringing a mobile construction lab for guests to get their hands on some tools, and the Community Creative Center rolls into Tinkerfest with the Wheel Mobile for guests to try their hand and throwing pottery.

Tinkerfest brings together craftspeople, educators, artists, engineers, scientists, technologists from diverse backgrounds to interact with families and promote creativity, curiosity, and support a community of makers. Whether avid tinkerer or beginner, Tinkerfest is a great event for families to play, connect, create and make.

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